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Overview of Ramona

Ramona is a census designated place located in the southern tip of the state of California, less than 40 miles northeast of the bustling city of San Diego. Ramona apartments for rent are excellent ways to join the population of nearly 20,300 residents across the 15.3 square miles of land.

Ramona is known as the Gateway to San Diego North County's Inland Mountains and has earned itself the nickname of "The Valley of the Sun." The Ramona Chamber of Commerce describes this unincorporated area as positioned "above the fog line and below the snow line." This family-friendly community has more than one-fourth of its population under the age of 18. Fans of equestrian sports will be happy to know that Ramona is a horse-friendly community as well, allowing for easy ridership as other surrounding areas restrict their rules and regulations.

Living in Ramona, CA

People living in Ramona apartments can enjoy living in one of the oldest established communities in San Diego County, rich with history. Residents and visitors can discover a wealth of information about the history of Ramona in the Old West at the Guy B. Woodward Museum.

Ramona is a community that has many nicknames, sometimes referred to as The Valley of the Sun and the Gateway to San Diego, and once known as The Turkey Capital of the World. Ramona has even been called the Antique Capital of San Diego County due to its proclivity to attract numerous antique shops.

In recent years, Ramona citizens banded together and planted many beautiful eucalyptus trees along Main Street. The community worked together to hand-water the trees during their delicate early months, fostering the trees that have come to leave their mark on all those who visit and drive through the center of town.

Ramona Work and Study

Business professionals and students can both find apartments near Ramona to make their home. Census data indicated that nearly 10,700 Ramona residents make up the labor force, and the most common occupations include management, business, science, and arts occupations. Construction is listed as the most common area industry, with the educational services, health care and the social assistance industry a combined close second.

Students have a wealth of options for colleges and universities with close proximity to Ramona. Nearby, notable higher education institutes include Alliant International University Grossmont College, California State University, San Marcos; Palomar College, Cuyamaca College, University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus and San Diego State University. All of these institutions listed are less than 22 miles away from the Ramona community. Alliant International University is the closest, located roughly 17 miles away in San Diego and enrolling nearly 2,500 students. San Diego State University can be found roughly 20 miles outside of Ramona and enrolls nearly 26,000 students annually.

Rentals in Ramona, CA and Cost of Living

According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, Ramona rentals have a vacancy rate of 1.8 percent, and median gross rent was valued at $1,110 as of 2010. The largest percentage of renters falls in the gross rent range of $1,000 to $1,499, with nearly 65 percent of all renters falling in the wider range of $750 to $1,499. Nearly 27 percent of renters reported spending $1,500 or more on gross rent. The data further indicated that approximately 46 percent of all renters reported spending 35 percent or more of their household income on gross rental costs.

City-Data information revealed that in March 2012, the cost of living in Ramona was assigned the value of 128.5 points, which is 28.5 percent higher than the national average of 100 points.

Ramona Attractions and Special Events

There are numerous area attractions available to residents living in Ramona rentals. Many locals and people passing through enjoy a visit to Hope Street to view the mailboxes. Each mailbox on this street is unique from one another, some new and shiny, others older or even antique and many painted or decorated to speak to each individual's originality.

Other popular outdoor recreation spots include a visit to Mount Woodson or Iron Mountain, which provides steep slopes and challenging hikes for adventure seekers. Alongside Main Street 's lovely eucalyptus, people can find many shops that rival a shopping district from a bigger city.

It could be worthwhile to make a stop at the Schwaesdall Winery, a family-owned and operated facility that produces estate bottled and cellared wine, classic European style red wines and traditional, California white wines.

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